Manchester United’s title challenge appeared to be short lived, but according to Erik ten Hag it’s not over yet.
Their recent draw against Crystal Palace and defeat to Arsenal somewhat curtailed Manchester United’s recent resurgence. Since the World Cup break (and shedding of Ronaldo), they have been one of the league’s best teams.
Given the gap between them and second and first place, it is perhaps too late for them to make a title tilt.
In Erik ten Hag, Manchester United appear to have finally got their act together. The Dutchman is setting the right tone in the midst of their six-year trophy drought, their longest in 40 years.
“It belongs to this club to win trophies so we have to get back on track,” Erik ten Hag said.
“We like the pressure and we need the pressure – that is good. We need to deal with that; it gives us more motivation.
“It gives you confidence and once you are winning [titles] that gives you confidence that you know how to do it. And in the difficult moments you learn how you stay in the game, how to stay in to win games as you know the chances will come and, too, what you have to do to get there.”
“Winning trophies is also mental. Winning games is one thing, winning trophies is another. In these decisive moments it is like this: know what to do. I think it is a thin line [where we are]. We grow a lot mentally but still we have a step to go. It’s all about winning trophies, so we have a good opportunity but we have to go game by game.”